Most everyone knows that Wilmington is the home of a vibrant film industry and EUE Screen Gems Studios. But, unless you're working in film production, I'll bet you didn't know that our feature film credits total more than 100 films like Loggerheads, 20 Funerals, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and Domestic Disturbance to name just a few. And then there are more than 100 television show credits as well, like six seasons of Dawson's Creek, last season's NBC series Surface, and One Tree Hill now in its fourth season. And that doesn't even count the numerous music videos, commercials, still shoots and other independent projects that are shot here.
So what does the film industry contribute to our local economy? The Wilmington Regional Film Commission reports that production totals for 2005 were just shy of $52-million. Think about it for a minute. It's a non-polluting industry that draws talented residents, attracts tourism, and creates business for area hotels and restaurants.
In between productions, many of these career film people work on their own independent film projects. Another benefit of being home to the local film industry is the Cucalorus Film Festival which is celebrating its twelfth year of showcasing local, national and international films and filmmakers. It's happening this week from November 8 through 11. The films are shown in several venues around Wilmington like Jengo's Playhouse on Princess Street where you can screen independent films year-round, and the main stage and studio theaters at Thalian Hall. If you've been in the dark about Wilmington's independent film community, you need to make this the year you check out the Cucalorus Film Festival and enjoy one of the many benefits of being home to our local film industry.